|Craig Daniels||Nose: Hazelnut, praline, honey, some sour and dirty honey, some wet wool and some cardboard. A dusting of toffee and leathery fudge. Slightly hot and the spirit has burnt characteristics like a lot of grain heavy blended whiskies.
Palate: Burnt toffee, silky grain some syrup, slightly sour/tannic and slightly burnt.
Finish: Initially lots of syrup and then lightly sour, then burnt and warming. Lots of grain character.
Comment: In the days when I first started scoring whiskies, this whisky was one of the first I ever tried and I wasn't all that impressed. But it's taken the last 30 years to work out why. It's not a great single malt because it performs like a half-way decent blend of the same epoch.
Note: I've tried this whisky over about seven times since 1991. It's never been great and it's not going to get better in the bottle. |